Durham Riverside Renewal

Waddington Street Centre receives makeover ahead of post-lockdown reopening



A makeover project delivered by the developers of Milburngate and North East construction company Tolent at Durham mental health charity, the Waddington Street Centre, has been completed, giving the building a fresh new look in preparation for reopening following the coronavirus lockdown.

Waddington Street Centre is a small independent mental health resource centre with almost 40 years’ experience offering a wide range of informal educational activities and support services based on individual needs and aspirations.

It plans to reopen during August and the lockdown provided the opportunity to update the interior of the centre.

The project involved redecorating the main communal areas of the centre, helping to provide a refreshed environment that promotes positive mental health for members when they begin to return.

Waddington Street Centre is within a mile from the landmark Milburngate development, which is being delivered by a joint venture partnership between Arlington Real Estate and Richardson, supported by a £120 million forward funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management.

Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “The Waddington Street Centre does some fantastic work with the local community in Durham. We have all been affected in some way by the ongoing global pandemic, and we were delighted to be able to offer some support to those who need it in our communities.

“We hope the redecoration helps provides a really welcome environment to its members who benefit from its services when they return.”

Ali Lee, Centre Manager at Waddington Street Centre, said: “We are really pleased with the new look of the Centre, and the effort that Milburngate and Tolent have put into the project is very much appreciated. It is essential for us to be able to provide and environment which makes people feel valued and fosters positive mental health, and the new look helps us to achieve that.

“Now that the lockdown restrictions are beginning to be relaxed, we are looking forward to welcoming back our members, many of whom have been socially isolated and struggling with their mental health during this difficult time.

“We look forward to rebuilding our service and the centre’s fresh new look will be a wonderful gift for our members.”

Andy McLeod, CEO of Tolent, said: “It was a pleasure to be given a tour around the centre and see the difference our donation has made to the look and feel of the place. We're committed to making a difference to the communities we work in, and I know those who use the centre will be eager to return after what has been a challenging few months.”

Once fully reopened, Waddington Street Centre operates Monday to Saturday and one Sunday per month, as well as four evenings per week. For more information, please visit: https://www.waddingtoncentre.co.uk/.



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

Durham Riverside Renewal

The development consortium consists of Arlington Real Estate and Richardson.

The project includes the regeneration of Freemans Reach and the redevelopment of Milburngate House, which are on adjacent banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City.

According to the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Live’:

“Durham is a lovely place to live. Beneath its glorious cathedral, you’ll find pretty cobbled streets stuffed with little independent shops and great watering holes, a beautiful river that carves its way through dramatic walls of rock and greenery, and some attractive house stock – along with a thriving buy-to-let market, thanks to all those students. One of the nicest places to live is South Street, which looks directly onto the cathedral and castle, and which inspired Sir Walter Scott. Many of its terraced houses are grade II listed; prices range from £400,000 to more than £1m.”

About Arlington Real Estate

Arlington Real Estate is also delivering another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker’s former UK headquarters and, at almost 100 acres, it is among the largest regeneration projects in the North East of England

About Richardson

Richardson is a multi-generation family business with over half a century of real estate experience in the UK and overseas. Working across all sectors, they have developed well in excess of seven million square feet of property. Recent projects include Nickel, junction 28 off the M1, a new spec build 261,000 sq ft warehouse, Western 105, Avonmouth, a new spec build 105,500 sq ft warehouse, Freemans Reach, a 110,000 sq ft office development in Durham, Lincoln Gateway, a £28m, 519 bed student accommodation scheme. More recently the family has continued to expand its operations by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme.

About Tolent

Tolent was formed in Tyneside in 1983. Since then we have amassed a huge variety of projects encompassing all types of building and civil engineering work in the public and private sectors.

One of Tolent’s greatest strengths is its versatility which enables us to deliver efficiency and excellence in projects of all sizes, whether they’re repair works valued at £5,000 or a £100 million contract for a flagship development. 

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Left to right, Ali Lee, Allan Cook and Andy McLeod in the refurbished Waddington Street Centre
Left to right, Ali Lee, Allan Cook and Andy McLeod in the refurbished Waddington Street Centre
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